I haven't been doing as much live music this year as I did last year so I was pretty happy when I got the call to shoot a very special show by the Prophets of Rage. Rage Against The Machine + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill = Supergroup.
I think the whole country knows that the Los Angeles service industry is generally staffed by hopeful actors, writers, musicians, dancers and models from all over the world. It's a hard town to figure out if you didn't grow up here and earlier this year I had a couple of friends who thought they might be able to help out the constant influx of transplant Hollywood dreamers. Their service, "Speak LA" is here to guide LA newcomers through some of the hardest parts of getting started as an actor and I was really happy they asked me to shoot some photos for their new website. It was fun to see the city more like a tourist and try and coax some tasteful lifestyle imagery out of it (which LA residents all know is not always easy because let's face it - it's not Paris).
I am fortunate to have some friends who work in cool industries - like the craft beer industry! This particular friend works with Mother Earth Brewing down in San Marcos and they had some new merchandise they wanted photos for. What made it fun was that he didn't want anything too traditional so we created a story about friends who were hanging out in the park sporting the ME gear so that customers might see what it looked like on someone out in the world rather than against a white backdrop. We also shot this back in January but felt that the Southern California sun drenched vibe was important so the models are actually freezing in all of these but they were good sports! The best part about shooting for a brewery though is the free beer! I mean props...
This year I had the amazing opportunity to shoot for Culture Collide at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Austin is one of my absolute favorite cities in the country and it was so so so great to get to hang out there for a few days doing what I love. I shot thirty bands in three days at the Stubhub showcase on Rainey Street and it was seriously amazing. I saw some incredible musicians and ate basically nothing but delicious street food for five days (which describes most people's experience is Austin even when there isn't a music festival happening). These photos are my favorites of the bands I covered mixed with some cool stuff I saw and interesting people I met along the way.
Kendall has been a very dear friend of mine for about seven years now. We actually met working at the GAP together where I worked when I was starving my way through college. We bonded mostly over our equally pitiful romantic lives which makes these photos all the more wonderful to me. This is her and her husband Patrick who she married back in 2014. They asked me to shoot something to capture this first year of their marriage while it's still just the two of them :)
Unit stills are really my favorite thing to shoot. My degree is in cinematography and I feel like I get to really think like a DP but shoot stills. It's also the least stressful position on set as far as I can tell. I feel like I've got some cool posters in here and that's really my goal on set as a still photographer.
This was an especially cool opportunity to see the Foo Fighters because Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off a stage earlier in the tour. Instead of quitting the tour he performs on this amazing guitar throne that moves up and down the stage. It was amazing to see the way people responded to him - like he had stuck out the tour just for them.
Well it's been the year of weddings for me and I have to say - I kinda like it. I think there's a stigma about doing weddings amongst photographers and videographers (if you shoot weddings it's because you can't shoot anything else) but I've really enjoyed all the weddings I've shot this year. I don't get stressed about by the pressure, I'm used to long hours, and my clients thus far have been incredibly easy to work with. Chris and Thally couldn't be a better example of this. They didn't just stand back and let me do my thing - they actively made me feel like I was a guest of there's and went out of their way to make sure I was having a good time. I hope I'll be lucky enough to work with people like them in the future.
I ended up at Alex and Pam's "wedding" through a referral from another bride. I put wedding in quotes because legally they were already married and this was basically the reception half of a wedding minus most of the activities. I told them I was very familiar with this idea because my own sister, who was married in Australia, did the exact same thing. Some people just aren't into putting their intimacy on display and I think that's just fine. No one needs to be bound by any matrimonial traditions they don't feel attached to. This means they had a really nice, really small backyard party with family and friends and it was a lovely intimate celebration that (luckily for me) they still wanted photographed.
I've been shooting food for The Attic on broadway in Long Beach since they opened and if there's one thing I've learned - show up with an empty stomach.
I was connected with Andrea through a mutual friend who knew she was looking for some additional coverage at her and her fiance's upcoming wedding. We talked on the phone and she told a little bit about what would be in store photographically and I'm so glad I decided to come on board. I don't do weddings as often as some other photographers but Andrea and Paul had such a unique venue and aesthetic I couldn't resist (not to mention Andrea is a very sweet and funny lady who will shower you with compliments every chance she has).
I had the pleasure to shoot some photos for Paige last week to promote her upcoming music video for her single "Burn". The concept for the video is a sort of dark fairy tale and it was a lot of fun to play with that aesthetic.